In Memory

Bill Craighead

Bill Craighead

William Dale (“Bill”) Craighead of Highlands Ranch, Colorado passed away March 8, 2013, from complications arising from myotonic muscular dystrophy. He died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family. 

Bill was born in Fremont, Nebraska, in 1948 to William David and Lorraine Juanita Craighead. When he was a teenager, the family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where Bill attended Shawnee Mission High School. 

Bill graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1970. At Pittsburg, Bill was president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and met his future wife, Marsha Sue Layton, of Independence, Kansas. 

Bill had a long career in the automotive industry, working in various roles including service representative and warranty administrator for companies such as Chrysler, Rolls-Royce and GMC Truck. He also was a service manager for Markley Motors in Ft. Collins in the early 1980s. 

Bill and his family lived for a number of years in Loveland, Colorado and also in Troy, Michigan. He was a golf enthusiast who hit a hole-in-one on the second hole of The Links at Highlands Ranch in 1999. Bill was also an avid skier who volunteered on the Ski Patrol at Pine Knob in Michigan. Bill enjoyed working with cars and fully restored a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda. He enjoyed watching Denver Broncos and Nebraska Cornhusker football and Colorado Rockies baseball, and worked as an usher at Coors Field. 

He was a devoted and patient father to his sons Jay and Bill. He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 1004 in Birmingham, Michigan.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lynn. He is survived by his wife Marsha and son Jay, both of Highlands Ranch, and his son Bill, of Middletown, Connecticut, as well as his aunt Betty of Loveland, brother Robert and sister-in-law Cyndee of Commerce City, Colorado, and his brother-in-law Bill Roberts of Maryland Heights, Missouri, five nieces and a nephew, and his dog, Minnie, of Highlands Ranch. 

To honor his memory, the family suggests contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Provided by Karen Lyerla